The 5 Best Waterproof Backpacks

Waterproof backpacks are essential accessory for most discerning surfers. Particularly for surfers who are surfing in more remote locations and don’t have the luxury walking straight from the beach to their car/house.

You’ll need somewhere to put that drenched wetsuit once you’ve taken it off, and slinging it over your board only really works when walking short distances.

There are a number of great quality waterproof backpacks out there, but navigating the internet to find the best ones can be tricky. We’ve saved you the time by researching and scanning the web to identify the 5 best waterproof backpacks. Here they are.

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Drytide Waterproof Backpack

The DryTide waterproof backpack just might be the ultimate surf travel backpack. Most surf backpacks are either comfortable to carry and packed with pockets and other features or extremely plain but waterproof.

DryTide waterproof backpack combines the best from both worlds. It is a full on waterproof backpack that will not only protect you gear and clothes from getting wet during a quick rain shower.

It will protect your things during heavy tropical rainstorms, during various water sports where water splashes all over it, you can even drop it into the sea and the insides will stay dry.

On the other hand with features like wide padded shoulder straps, padded back, hip belt and lots of pockets and straps it is a comfortable backpack to have on those long surf trips. The bag comes in a 50 liter size.

drytide waterproof backpack


As waterproof backpacks go this one is legit. It’s made from a 500D material, it’s not only waterproof but also scratch proof. It’s got a very simple top loading feature which make putting in and taking out your stuff seamless.

All you do is unroll/roll the top section of the bag to open and close it. To secure it you clip in a buckle on either side of the bag. The bag utilises an ergonomic mechanics system along with reflective trim, and adjustable sternum and waist straps.

The backpack floats in water which makes it perfectly suitable for river or sea crossings where you may need to swim/wade your way into a surf break. The bag comes in a 30 liter size and comes in yellow, black, blue and grey.

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The Friendly Swede

This is more of an urban waterproof backpack, but it will handle any outdoor adventure just fine. The first aspect that separates if from its competitors is that it’s super lightweight.

By keeping the bag as minimal as possible without having unnecessary zips and claps, this backpack only weighs 1.5 lbs. As its an urban backpack it comes with a laptop sleeve which can accommodate laptops up to 13 inches in size.

A roll top combined with welded seams with PVC tarp ensure your stuff is kept bone dry in the main compartment of this backpack. As sewn seams and zippers are prone to leaking water, welded seams and roll-top closure is superior construction for waterproof bags.

The Friendly Swede is a little smaller at 15 liters in volume and is available in white only.

the friendly swede backpack

Acrodo Waterproof Backpack

With 4.5 stars on Amazon this waterproof backpack is the real deal. With a single vestibule, this bag is simple and effective. The three buckles on either side allow you to attach the bag to other bags which comes in very handy when crossing rivers and other bodies of water.

The Acrodo is certainly more of a water proof bag than a backpack. We say this because the shoulder straps are rather rudimentary and are attached to the bag with a plastic clasp. This is fine for carrying short distances but may get uncomfortable over protracted periods.

As long as you leave a small amount of air in the backpack before rolling it up and closing it, the bag will float in water and still be 100% waterproof. The bag is 15 liters in volume and is available in 7 different colorways including 2 translucent colors.

acrodo waterproof backpack

Platinum Sun Adventure Bag

This waterproof backpack is very well rounded bag. It’s got great shoulder straps, a padded back, water bottle compartments and stash area on the the front of the bag for an extra layer of clothing.

It’s made from 500D PVC tarpaulin making it highly durable. It can withstand pressure from water jets and strong rapids. The bag is not only waterproof, but can also withstand sand, snow, and mud.

With a weatherproof backpack like the Adventure Bag, you can go straight from your morning surf to fishing in the afternoon without worrying about your equipment getting wet. The bag weighs 2.5 lbs and is 30 liters in volume.

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